What a difference a day makes! Or in this case 2 days of non stop rain. The water level rose from 0.4 metres on Thursday morning when the rain started to 0.8 metres by yesterday. The water rose quickly and moved fish all over the river. Friday proved to be a bumper day with over thirty fish confirmed and others seen caught, making it the most prolific day at the fishery for quite a while.
The majority of the fish were taken on spinner while fly accounted for most of the rest. Black flying c accounting for most, but there were also fish on toby, rapala and Mepps. Yesterday, Saturday also saw good numbers of fish moving with 13 more confirmed, taken on all methods including worm and prawn. By lunchtime today 5 fish had been reported from the Blackwater, Mill Pool, Corry and Island. Some of today’s fish had long tailed sea lice and the fish entering the system are running hard to the lough.
The forecast is for fairly dry conditions until next weekend so the water should drop a little during the week and start to come into good fly order. Its good to get a summer flood like this just as the grilse start arriving in numbers. With a current high summer water level of 0.8 metres on the gauge there should be no need to call on the rain gods until well into next month.
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